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Gay rights activists took to the Statehouse Tuesday where they held a boisterous rally opposing House Speaker Gordon’s Fox’s recent decision to drop gay marriage legislation in favor of a bill supporting civil unions.
Fox defends his decision as pragmatic one, not a philosophical one, arguing that a full-fledged gay marriage bill had no possibility of passing the senate.
Gay marriages supporters were nonetheless displeased with what they saw as a sign of betrayal and political cowardice.“This legislation codifies the idea that lesbian and gay families can be treated differently,” said Martha Holt, chair of Marriage Equality Rhode Island (MERI), which organized the event.
“Separate is never equal, we are not second class citizens and we demand to be treated equally,” Holt declared. She concluded by making a call for continued political activism, asserting that “MERI isn’t going anywhere,” and that they plan to organize “in every district and county of this state,” until the next election cycle comes around.Read the full story here.